Identifying the Nature of Suffering

The compassionate mind has the nature of wishing all suffering beings to be free from suffering. Meditate on compassion for all sentient beings, because the beings in the three realms of existence are intensely tortured by the three types of sufferings in various forms. The Buddha has said that heat and other types of pain constandy torture beings in the hells for a very long time. He has also said that hungry ghosts are scorched by hunger and thirst and experience immense physical suffering....

Training the Mind

It is essential to study and acquire an education. Training the mind is a process of familiarization. In the Buddhist context, familiarization, or meditation, refers to the positive transformation of the mind, that is, to the elimination of its defective qualities and the improvement of its positive qualities. Through meditation we can train our minds in such a way that negative qualities are abandoned and positive qualities are generated and enhanced. In general we talk about two types of...

Developing Equanimity the Root of Loving Kindness

Compassion is one of the major causes for realizing the state of omniscience. It is important at the beginning of the practice, during the practice, and even after realizing the results of our spiritual endeavor. Now the question is How should we meditate on it The way to meditate on compassion will be taught from the outset. Begin the practice by meditating on equanimity. Try to actualize impartiality toward all sentient beings by eliminating attachment and hatred. Compassion is a mind that...

Actualizing Special Insight

In this text we are talking about engaging in the practice of the six perfections as cultivated by a Bodhisattva. In this context, the purpose of calm abiding meditation is to be able to cultivate a transcendental special insight. Therefore, after having cultivated calm abiding we should endeavor to cultivate special insight. After realizing calm abiding, meditate on special insight, thinking as follows All the teachings of the Buddha are perfect teachings, and they directly or indirectly...

Wisdom

According to Buddhist tradition, the validity of a philosophical doctrine is determined by logical reasoning. The Buddha very clearly stated Bhikshus and scholars should examine my words In the way that a goldsmith tests gold by burning, cutting, and rubbing. Only then should my words be accepted, Not out of respect for me. Therefore, in the process of establishing both external and internal phenomena, we must rely on reasoning. There is no need to rely on scriptural authority alone. What is...